Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Q & A
What is da Vinci robotic surgery?
Da Vinci is an FDA-approved robotic operating technology for treating gynecologic problems, including hysterectomy and fibroids. The system consists of two interactive mechanical arms, a camera arm, a 3D processing system, and a remote control unit.
Dr. Greenspan operates the system through a surgical console placed next to you during your procedure. The movements she makes with the surgical console translate in real-time to the robotic arms, which may hold an interchangeable array of surgical instruments. The arms perform your surgery through small incisions as directed by Dr. Greenspan.
What are the advantages of da Vinci robotic surgery?
Compared to traditional open surgery, da Vinci robotic surgery offers a number of potential benefits, including:
- Less pain and blood loss
- Less scarring
- Fewer complications
- A shorter hospital stay
After robotic surgery, you may be able to resume your normal daily activities more quickly than with traditional surgery.
What is da Vinci robotic surgery used for?
Dr. Greenspan may use the technology to perform various procedures where you might typically have open surgery. This includes:
- Myomectomy – to remove uterine fibroids
- Endometriosis resection – to remove endometrial tissue growing outside your uterus
The technology also is commonly used to perform a hysterectomy in cases where you have cancer and where you don’t.
What should I expect during da Vinci hysterectomy surgery?
Dr. Greenspan may perform the surgery through an incision in your belly button or by making several small incisions around your stomach area. During surgery, she sits at a console next to you.
She operates using tiny instruments, while a camera provides a high-definition, 3D magnified view inside your body. By performing your surgery with the da Vinci system, you may have a shorter hospital stay and fewer complications, according to research.
What questions should I ask about da Vinci robotic surgery?
If you need surgery, Dr. Greenspan discusses your options with you, including the risks and benefits of robotic surgery. Here are some questions you may wish to ask her.
- What procedure is best for my condition?
- How does robotic-assisted surgery compare to laparoscopic or open surgery?
- How do I prepare for surgery?
- What should I expect after surgery?
To learn more about your options for da Vinci robotic surgery, call Carrie Greenspan, MD, FACOG, today or book a consultation online.